Precious cargo touches down in Uganda …

The ball touched down in Kampala on 10 March (Wednesday) to a rousing reception. Henry Kyemba (to the left) and his team were determined that the ball should travel far and wide in Uganda, and it did! Henry Kyemba reports …

First stop, a lunch time meeting of the RC of Kampala West, then on to a City Council clinic where the Minister of Health, the Minister of State for Primary Health and the WHO representative attended. All spoke and two Ministers kicked the ball!

Several media companies were in attendance and many Rotarians. Masses of mothers had brought children for immunization. There were also about one hundred primary school children present. That night, the ball visited the 100 member Rotary club of Muyena Kampala.

Thursday 11th March was packed with even more activity at the oldest missionary hospital in Uganda, and then on to the lunch time meeting of the oldest club in Uganda: the Rotary Club of Kampala (RIDE Sam Owori’s club). Later the ball was received in Parliament at a special session before it left for the Source of the Nile, Jinja, to symbolically start a journey that would follow River Nile from source here to the estuary in Mediterranean Sea.

After the session in Parliament : L/R : R.I.Director Elect Sam Owori, PDG Robert Sebunya, Cordinator(Uganda) PDG Henry Kyemba and the Speaker of Parliament, Past President Rotary Club of Rubaga, Hon. Edward Sekandi (and the KPOA soccer ball!)

At Jinja, the historic source of the Nile –  L/R: Rotary President J.B. Otema Adonga, Rotary Club, Source of the Nile, NPPC and Cordinator KPOA, Uganda, PDG Henry Kyemba, The President’s Representative in the District, Mr. Christopher Bagonza, and In-Coming  Rotary President, (2010/11) of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Rtn. Edward Bakoja.

The source of the Nile is deeply symbolic and can serve as a real icon to this Polio Campaign, as it is one of the most powerful and mystical natural spiritual symbols of this so magical and wonderful Mother Continent of Africa. Consistent strong branding coupled with local media initiatives has strengthened the resolve of Rotarians in Uganda to Kick Polio Out of Africa.

Friday 12th March, we started off in Jinja with a visit to the Muljibhai Madhvani Kakira Sugar Works, where we had a very enthusiastic immunisation exercise of many children and a mini-soccer training exercise, with the estate’s soccer team.

We then left for Kampala  for the courtesy call on the the Prime Minister of Uganda, Prof. Apolo Nsibambi, at his home, himself a Past President of the Rotary Club of Kampala West, after he had narrowly escaped injury in a helicopter accident, two days earlier! This photograph was taken at his residence, with the Kick Polio Out of Africa delegation led by the Cordinator, PDG Henry Kyemba, accompanied by President-elect, Kampala Club: Edward Bakoja, PP John Kirkwood, Asst. Cordinator and Rtn. Yusuf Ddumba.

Then  followed great Rotary fellowship with the Rotary Club of Kampala, Kibuli, followed by the Rotaract 42nd Birthday celebrations, with the Kick Polio Out of Africa Ball, as Chief Guest, and Cake cutting!

We ended the night, with an Afrigo Band performance for the “Kick Polio Out of Africa occasion”, attended by many Rotarians and band enthusiasts, up to the early hours Saturday morning! Just left in time to catch the DHL schedule!


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